February 22, 2001
compassion, tolerance: Falun Gong’s peaceful principles grow in popularity
Amy Drewry/Staff Photographer
Lisa Fan practices the movements of Falun Gong – a
Chinese mind-body philosophy – in her Alexandria home on Monday. Falun Gong
practitioners use this peaceful sequence to align themselves with the universal
principals of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.
MANASSAS – A chance encounter on the Metro made Lisa Fan’s world blossom
like a lotus flower.
Fan has been a practitioner of Falun Gong – a Chinese mind/body
practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance
– for almost four years now. But back in May 1997 she had never heard of
One evening that May she left work as usual – she’s a computer network
engineer for the Department of Health in Washington, D.C. – and got on the
Metro for her daily commute. She sat down next to a woman reading a book
Growth slowed in 2000
By Chris Newman
MANASSAS – Sales growth in Old Town cooled during the fourth quarter
of 2000, slowing from a third-quarter rate of 12 percent to a year-end total
rate of 8.8 percent, according to sales tax data reported to the Old Town
Business Association Wednesday morning.
Based on sales tax receipts, fourth-quarter sales for the 32 Old Town
businesses that the city tracks were up a meager 1.5 percent last year for
the same period in 1999.[more]
budget deadlock drags on
Alfred M. Biddlecomb
RICHMOND – The budget watch continued Wednesday night as senior members
of the House of Delegates and Senate got together to discuss their differences
one day after the deadline to hammer out a final budget bill had passed.
A stand off between both houses of the General Assembly on whether to
continue phasing out the car tax remains the sticking point with neither
side budging as the closing day of the 46-day session looms closer. The
House budget includes a planned 70 percent reduction in the car tax while
the Senate version only advances the discount to 50 percent.[more]
asked to leave hospital — After 17 years and little explanation, volunteer
is told not to return
Bennie Scarton Jr.
MANASSAS – For 17 years Catherine Ehrmantraut was the epitome of a volunteer
at Prince William Hospital.
Over the years she had accumulated more than 20,000 volunteer hours in
the hospital’s Emergency Services Department, saving the hospital thousands
She was loved and appreciated by physicians, nurses, administration and
patients. Michael J. Schwartz, president and CEO of the hospital, called
her a “Saint” and said she could never be thanked enough for her
many acts of kindness and altruism.
However, Ehrmantraut’s service as a volunteer came to a screeching halt
on Jan. 15.[more]
of culture — Dancers and musicians share African heritage
Amy Drewry/Staff Photographer
Language Arts teacher Charita Blackman, left, dances
with Yolanda Smith, of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers of Washington
D.C., during a demonstration for Black History Month at Parkside Middle
School in Manassas Park on Wednesday.
MANASSAS – A celebration of Black History Month turned into a moving experience
for about two dozen students and six teachers Wednesday at Parkside Middle
The staff and students hopped, shook their hips and tapped their toes
to the beat, imitating the moves of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers,
which performed at two separate assemblies at the school.[more]
bids come back on the Connor House
MANASSAS PARK – Contractors’ estimates for a scaffolding system that
would halt the deterioration of the 180-year-old Conner House came back
higher than expected this month, so city officials say they may forgo the
temporary measure and just begin repairs to the stone house.
A structural engineer will examine the house Friday to offer an assessment
of its deterioration and to recommend what could be done to shore up its
shifting walls in the short term.
City Manager David Reynal said the $25,000 budgeted for the scaffolding
would be better spent toward repairs that would move the building closer
to its final use than on a project whose lowest bid came back as $86,000.[more]
buses concern some Manassas Park parents
MANASSAS PARK – Public comments made up the bulk of the school board
meeting Wednesday night.
Two parents addressed concerns about lice in their children’s school.
Another spoke of overcrowded school buses and inequity between students
who had to walk to Manassas Park Elementary School and those who now can
ride the bus to the new Cougar Elementary School, even if they live within
Theresa Smoot said she has learned that the elementary school had 18
reported cases of lice in 21 days in January. That did not include her daughter,
she said, and possibly countless other children.[more]
approves single-family homes off Glenkirk Road
BRENTSVILLE – More than 500 single-family homes will be constructed off
Glenkirk Road, despite concerns from one county supervisor who feels the
area is being “obliterated by houses.”
Supervisor Ruth T. Griggs, R-Occoquan, was the only dissenting vote Tuesday
when the Prince William Board of County Supervisors decided to allow a developer
to build Glenkirk Estates, a community of 575 detached homes one mile southwest
of Linton Hall Road.[more]
|News and Notes — Luck of draw goes
No. 4 seed Eagles’ wayYou
wouldn’t normally associate luck with a fourth-seeded team in an eight-team
tournament. Fourth seeds always play their mostly closely matched opponent
in the first round, and even if the fourth seed survives that, they usually
face the top-seed in the second round.
But for Osbourn’s boys basketball team – the fourth seed in the Cardinal
District tournament – they feel fortunate.
In the early stages of this year’s Cardinal tourney, luck has been on the
When Osbourn lost to Osbourn Park last Friday, and Hylton was dropped by
Potomac, the regular season ended with the Eagles, Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs
sharing 5-9 district records. A three-way tie emerged for the coveted fourth
seed, the last seed to host the opening round of the district tournament.
All three teams split with each other. And all tie-breakers were awash.
Luck was the only factor that determined where these teams played Tuesday
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